There’s no doubt that the Philippine automotive market is fond of seven-seater SUVs. The ride height, practicality, spacious cabin, and competitive price tags bode well with local consumers. And tonight, a familiar face was introduced with updates for 2019.
Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has launched the refreshed 2019 BR-V, and although it’s not an all-new model, it showcases touches of refinement and maturity.
HCPI maintains the two trims on its seven-seater mini-SUV: the 1.5 S CVT and 1.5 V CVT. The 1.5 S is priced at PhP 1,035,000, while the top-spec 1.5 V has a price tag of PhP 1,155,000.
The mid-cycle update of the BR-V flaunts new, more muscular bumpers. The front houses a new, slightly thicker grille with slimmer double chrome bars below it. Headlights are largely carried over from the pre-facelifted model. But the top-spec BR-V now gets LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) fitted inside the headlights – replacing the LED DRLs on the front bumper. Fog lights are now also housed with chrome garnishing for both variants. The rear received some changes, but not as extensively revised as the front. Along with a new bumper skid garnish, significantly slimmer rear light reflectors are now positioned vertically at each corner of the rear bumper. Completing the new look of the 1.5 V is a new shark fin antenna and newly-designed 16-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, both versions of the BR-V are subtly updated. On one hand, the base model receives new thread design on its fabric seats. The top variant, on the other hand, gets red accents on its leather-wrapped seats for a sportier, more elegant look. The same accents also adorn the leather-wrapped door handles. The steering wheel and control configurations remain the same, but the 1.5 V gets it with new leather material, stitched together with the same shade of red. An eight-inch Kenwood infotainment system, similar to the one found in the HR-V, is now fitted in the top grade.
Underneath the hood is still the 1.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC engine that powered the previous model, with 116 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft. of torque at 4,600 rpm. The engine is connected to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The 2019 Honda BR-V is available in the following colors: Passion Red Pearl (1.5 V), Platinum White Pearl (1.5 V), Premium Amber Metallic, Tafeta White (1.5 S), Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic.
The subcompact SUV segment has flourished in the country through the years. But the stage is once again heating up as manufacturers are upping-the-game with striking designs and solidly equipped cabins.